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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. In the story’s opening paragraph, what does the reader learn about Nat Hocken?
(a) He is an only child.
(b) He is an ornithologist.
(c) He is the father of three children.
(d) He is a war veteran.
2. How does Nat react to his wife’s news?
(a) He is excited.
(b) He is skeptical.
(c) He is devastated.
(d) He is confused.
3. When Nat returns home from burying the bodies, what news does his wife deliver?
(a) Mr. Trigg is dead.
(b) The army is sending planes to fight against the attacking birds.
(c) Their daughter has been attacked while at school.
(d) There have been bird attacks all around the country.
4. What lighthearted offer does Mr. Trigg make to Nat for the next morning?
(a) A gull breakfast.
(b) A feather jacket.
(c) A bird hat.
(d) A shooting lesson.
5. What does Mr. Trigg do for a living?
(a) He is a schoolteacher.
(b) He is a scientist.
(c) He is a newscaster.
(d) He is a farmer.
6. When he sees the birds heading inland, who does Nat telephone?
(a) The prime minister.
(b) The police.
(c) The operator.
(d) The news broadcaster.
7. Why doesn’t Nat ride along with Jill?
(a) There isn’t enough room.
(b) He still has to pick up Johnny.
(c) He wants to make another phone call.
(d) There isn’t enough time for him to climb into the car.
8. What does Mr. Trigg think is affecting the birds’ behavior?
(b) Air traffic.
(c) The weather
(d) The tides..
9. When does Nat most frequently pass time watching the birds?
(a) First thing in the morning.
(b) Before he goes to bed.
(c) During his midday meal.
(d) On his way home from work.
10. At what time is the news broadcast in the evening?
(a) There is no evening broadcast.
(b) Ten o’clock.
(c) Eight o’clock.
(d) Six o’clock.
11. According to the news, which of these is NOT a way the attacks affected London?
(a) People began fleeing the city.
(b) Work was abandoned.
(c) Traffic came to a standstill.
(d) Crowds of people gathered on the streets.
12. How does Nat know the birds have made it into the children’s bedroom during the first attack?
(a) He hears the birds’ wings. beating together
(b) He hears the children screaming.
(c) He smells the birds’ animal scent through the walls.
(d) He sees the birds fly through the window.
13. Who suggests that the army should shoot the birds out of the sky?
(b) The news broadcaster.
(c) Mr. Trigg.
(d) Mrs. Hocken.
14. Why doesn’t Mrs. Hocken immediately open the door for Nat when he runs home?
(a) She's too afraid.
(b) The newscaster told her not to open it.
(c) She doesn’t hear him knocking.
(d) The door is jammed.
15. What type of land does Nat live on?
(a) A peninsula.
(b) An isle.
(c) A land lock.
(d) An island.
Short Answer Questions
1. What country does Mrs. Trigg think the violent birds have come from?
2. How many birds does Nat kill during the attack in the children’s bedroom?
3. Apart from food, water, and wood what supply does Nat realize his family is low on?
4. Throughout the story, whom does Nat often order to “do what I tell you”?
5. What does Nat use as a weapon to beat the birds out of the children’s bedroom?
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